04/25/2013 11:42 EDT

Murders, Stalkers And The Apocalypse, The Crazy Lives Of Classical Composers


The modern music world is no stranger to scandal and weirdness. Chris Brown hitting Rihanna. Ozzy Osbourne biting the head off a bat. Phil Spector's murder trial. But stuff like that isn't limited to the modern day.

Pre-21st century composers may seem boring, but back in the day they were anything but. From mysterious deaths, to visions of ghosts, to crazy fans, the lives of composers were fraught with drama.

Below are twelve strange stories about some interesting composers.

Crazy Composers